Today marks the end of another exciting winter Olympics and, once again, in Canada at least, national pride and spirit is at a peek. Many of us rose early to watch the final hockey game and celebrate our men’s team bringing home the gold.
Throughout the games, I loved watching the faces of athletes and their friends and family when they won. Sometimes they would beam. Sometimes they’d cry. Each one’s experience was different.
But there was no mistaking the exhilaration felt by all who shared in their victories.
It got me thinking about how as a believer…
Every morning should start with the arm-pumping exhilaration of being part of the winning team.
Because as believers we are!
As the apostle Paul writes in his first letter to the Corinthians: “thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (I Cor 12:57-58 NIV )
And in his letter to the Philippians, he writes, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3: 13b-14 NIV)
Don’t let defeats weigh you down. Persevere through them, as we’ve seen our countries’ athletes do to reach these Olympics, knowing it’s not in vain.
Your Turn: What are you celebrating?
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I loved this post! Frankly, right now I celebrate having a great Sunday and being alive. Also, I read Fatal Inheritance. A great book!
Hi Alexa. I’m glad to hear that you are having a great day! And enjoyed Fatal Inheritance. 😀
Thank you, Sandra
I am just celebrating life. Taking life one day at a time and taking nothing for granted. God blessed me with this day. I praise Him and thank Him.
A fabulous attitude, Caroline. I’m praying for you.
Today I celebrate with Canada and I like winning. As a non-hockey person, I watched part of the game…the winning part! As a believer I know the end…I win! With Christ I can make it.
AMEN Sandra!!! Excellent reminder for us!
A BIG CONGRATS to the Canadian Men’s Hockey team!
Today I’m celebrating that I’m feeling better than I did yesterday (getting over sickness) AND we had beautiful sunshine and blue skies here in Georgia. 🙂
So glad to hear you’re feeling better, Patti Jo!
Next month I will celebrate 64 years of life.
Awesome Jane! Early Happy Birthday!!!